ICC World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan's heartfelt message after being ruled out
New Delhi : Hours after Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, he wrote an emotional message for his fans on Twitter.
Dhawan suffered a thumb injury against Australia on June 9. He wrote on Twitter that he feels emotional to announce that he will no longer be a part of the mega tournament, as his thumb won’t recover on time.
“I feel emotional to announce that I will no longer be a part of #CWC19. Unfortunately, the thumb won’t recover on time. But the show must go on.. I’m grateful for all the love & support from my teammates, cricket lovers & our entire nation. Jai Hind!,” Dhawan tweeted.
I feel emotional to announce that I will no longer be a part of #CWC19. Unfortunately, the thumb won’t recover on time. But the show must go on.. I'm grateful for all the love & support from my team mates, cricket lovers & our entire nation. Jai Hind!🙏 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/zx8Ihm3051— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) June 19, 2019
An official request has also been forwarded by the BCCI to the International Cricket Council (ICC) asking his replacement in India's 15-member squad. Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is being drafted in the side as his replacement.
“Unfortunately my thumb won’t be recovering on time, I really wanted to play the World Cup and represent my country. Now it’s time for me to go back, recover well and be ready for the next action.”
“I’m sure the boys are doing a great job at the moment and they are going to win the World Cup. Keep praying for us and keep supporting us, you support and prayers are very important and very dear to us. Thank you again for all your support and love,” Dhawan said in the video.
India have had a great start to their World Cup campaign. They have won against South Africa, Australia and Pakistan while the game against New Zealand was washed out. India will next take on Afghanistan on Saturday (June 22).